The ancient Banyan Tree of Adyar

This 450-year-old Banyan is more than just a tree. It’s history, ancient knowledge and life fused together in an intricate network of gnarled splendour. While the grounds of the Theosophical Society in Chennai is a revelation in itself, this incredibly-spread out tree, one of the oldest trees in India, is a delight to behold. There are unverified claims that the branches and roots of this tree roughly covers over 40,000 sq feet!

While a devastating cyclone in 1989 tragically uprooted the main parent trunk, its multiple branches have taken root to make ecosystems of its own, forming a lovely green canopy as far as eye can see! Under the shade of this mighty tree, prominent philosophers and thinkers like J Krishnamurthi, Annie Besant, Maria Montessori have given public discourses to the masses, in the past. Today, the best view of this enchanting tree is from the beautiful, old house, where Rabindranath Tagore stayed as a guest of the Theosophical Society for 10 days.